Project title: Documentary Series on Astronomy Research in India
Project leader: Mr. Rakesh Rao
Astronomy has developed from bare naked eye observations in the past to the use of the sophisticated instruments, like large telescopes, better imaging devices, satellite and space missions in the recent times. Research in the field of Astronomy requires large fraction of dedicated individuals to incorporate ideas and take the quest of understanding the universe to the next level. In the present scenario, lesser students are motivated to take up astronomy as a research option, the main reason being lack of awareness on the challenges offered in this field. The documentary series on Astronomy Research in India, aims to record and document the various aspects of research and development in the field of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science in India and also highlight the facilities in terms of research laboratories, observatories and state of the art instrumentation. The documentary plans to create awareness and inspire students towards Astronomy research. It also intends to highlight the contribution of Astronomers, Astrophysicists and Space scientists in India who have contributed towards a new outlook of the Universe today. Through this project, we propose to create awareness by educating the masses specifically the student community, about the research work and facilitates provided by the premier Astronomy research institutes in the country.
The project’s website, which shall be constantly updated and gives basic information about the astronomy facilities in India, can be found at www.astroproject.in. Once the production work is complete, all videos, photographs, astronomy education materials, and other information will be published there.